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  • Summary: On February 7th, 2003, renowned artists across multiple music genres and generations commandeered the stage at New York City?s Radio City Music Hall to pay tribute to their common heritage and passion - the blues. This documentary captures the night?s magic and weaves a history of the bluesOn February 7th, 2003, renowned artists across multiple music genres and generations commandeered the stage at New York City?s Radio City Music Hall to pay tribute to their common heritage and passion - the blues. This documentary captures the night?s magic and weaves a history of the blues through the juxtaposition of performances, backstage interviews, rehearsals and archival clips of some of the greatest names in American music. (Sony Pictures Classics) Expand
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  1. See it with an open heart and a tapping toe.
  2. 89
    As concert films go, this is heady stuff.
  3. 88
    Lightning in a Bottle has breadth, both in its multitude of perspectives and its spectrum of performances.
  4. Reviewed by: Joel Selvin
    75
    The end result is something like the best blues festival anyone could have thrown last year, although Lightning in a Bottle falls a fair piece short of its own lofty goal.
  5. 75
    A joyous, toe-tapping celebration of a musical style born of sorrow.
  6. 70
    Offers a bumper crop of tasty bits.
  7. 50
    It's as hard not to ask what former New York Doll David Johansen is doing in their company, prancing his way through an irrelevant version of Howlin' Wolf's "Killing Floor," as it is not to wonder why the audience is so overwhelmingly white.

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